What happens when we are inwardly focused? Our paths get blurred. When we are so taken with ourselves and not looking to Jesus our sustainer and helper, we cannot know the way to go.
Have you been guilty of making yourself the idol in this world, everything revolves around you? I have at times, it pains me to admit it, but I am guilty. I have learned in those seasons of selfishness that I will inevitably do the wrong thing. Why? Because my heart deceives me. (Jeremiah 17:9) Even though I have read it in the scriptures that my heart is deceptive above all else, I still follow it when in selfish mode.
When our path is blurry we may take a wrong turn thinking all is well only to find ourselves dangling over a cliff ready to fall, or worse yet lying in a heap at the bottom of the cliff, wondering if we are beyond help. Does anyone follow me, have any of you experienced these times or am I alone here.
I found this written in my Bible as a reminder to myself. Maybe you might want to write it down and remember it as well.
“Help me Lord to always look to you; for when I look inward my path is blurred before me, and self-takes over. Lead me and guide me always in your presence. I want to come clean and righteous covered with Jesus.”
Isn’t it so much sweeter to come into his presence with clean hands and a clean heart? Knowing you have been obedient to his will and way. Not only reading his commands but following them to the best of your ability?
If it were not possible for us to live Godly, sacrificed lives he would not have told us to do it. We are to constantly seek him above all else and when we do, we find less of us in the equation. We become more focused on heavenly things than the earthly thing that will one day fade away. We become doers of the word not just hearers. Maybe these words in Psalm 119 should become a prayer for each of us. We need to read God’s word daily and ask for understanding, hide this word in our hearts so that we are ready to come before him at any time clean and unashamed. When we seek him, he strengthens us and gives us all we need for the journey ahead.
Psalm 119:27-39 “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. 29 Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. 30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. 31 I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me put to shame. 32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. 33 Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. 34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. 35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for here I find delight. 36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. 38Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. 39 Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good.”
There is no better way to get our focus back than to immerse ourselves in his word, read and pray, pray and read and repeat! My pastor tells us this all the time, it is a good reminder for me and for you!
I pray for you today that if for any reason you feel out of focus, you a have veered off the path of righteousness that you will be arrested in your soul as you read this and you will humbly approach God’s throne in repentance and once again take up the torch and follow him. When we ask for forgiveness he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) and once that forgiveness has happened he remembers it no more, so, therefore, there is no condemnation, walk in that forgiveness. (Psalm 103:12) and (Romans 8:1)
Blessings to you!